Fergus tennis players head to state

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Audra Fry returns a ball using her backhand during the Central A Divisional Tennis Tournament in Bozeman. Fry and her teammate Summer Elmore lost to teammates Abigail Gatz and Alexia Arndt, who advanced to the state tournament.
Photo courtesy of Jared Miller

Three singles’ players and two doubles’ teams from Fergus are heading for the Class A State Tennis championships in Kalispell. The seven Golden Eagles earned their trips to the state meet by finishing in the top four of either singles or doubles play for boys and girls.
Taylor Woods was a divisional champion in girls’ singles. Woods defeated Paige Nelson, Havre’s No. 1 single’s player, 7-5, 6-3 in the championship match. Woods will now face Emma Putman of Billings Central in an opening-round match at state tennis beginning on Thursday, May 25.
Fergus’s Lissy Southworth also qualified for girls state single play when she defeated Grace Davis-Nicholson of Belgrade, 6-1, 6-2, in the consolation match. Southworth will face Madison Chavez of Hardin in her first-round match at state.
In doubles’ play Abigail Gatz and Alexia Arndt lost to Belgrade’s Lilly Reddick/Hallie Maisch in the consolation match to finish in fourth place. Gatz and Arndt play Dillon’s Tessa Sawyer and Adrianne Southam in their first match at state.
The Fergus girls’ team took second with 32 points, just three points behind divisional champion Belgrade. Taking third was Havre with 25, followed by Park with 22.
In the divisional boys’ competition, Danyon Rice finished third for the Golden Eagles by defeating Trey Hanson of Havre, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation match. Rice faces Glendive’s Josy Off in his first match at state.
Completing the Fergus state team is the boys’ doubles team of Tanner Mannin and Nate Kindzerski. The twosome finished fourth after losing to Belgrade’s Trey Layman and Aidan Hamilton, 2-6, 3-6, in the consolation match. Mannin and Kindzerski go up against the doubles team of Todd Nordahl/Kyson Wilson of Dillon in their first round state match.
As a team the Fergus boys finished fourth with 20 points. Havre took the Central A championship with 39 points, followed by Belgrade with 33 and Park with 26.



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